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Police launch town centre team in Barking

The 25 officers have been selected because of their knowledge of Barking (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

A new police team dedicated to tackling crime in Barking town centre has hit the streets for the first time this week. 

An additional 25 officers, led by an inspector and three sergeants, will patrol busy places at times when they will have the greatest impact on crime and public safety. 

The officers have all been chosen because of their local knowledge and community engagement skills.

“I am very excited to have been selected to lead the team, I see this as an opportunity to have a real impact on reducing crime and building public confidence,” said Inspector Dan Bacon.

“We want to build relationships with local residents, businesses and shoppers working together to help create a safe and welcoming town centre in Barking.

“Based at the Barking Learning Centre, the team will be a regular visible presence around the town centre and we want people to talk to us so we can help resolve their problems and tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour, making Barking a great place to be.”

The Barking team is one of 12 launched in London this week and there are plans for nine more to be deployed next February. 

Once they are in place, local police leaders will be able to increase the size of the teams to meet the needs of their areas. 

“We are increasing our police presence, putting officers where we know the public want to see them most,” added Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers. 

“The new Barking team will focus on making this area safer, tackling violent crime including violence against women and girls and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

“We want communities to regularly see and get to know their local officers, so that they have trust and confidence in them, knowing they are there to help keep them safe.”

Barking Council is also looking to launch a Safe Haven Scheme next year. It will aim to give residents a safe space to approach if they feel they’re in danger, threatened or harassed.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “I am really pleased that Barking has a new 25-strong dedicated town centre team, one of the first launched in London.

“We’ve been calling for a greater police presence in the town centre, alongside the work that we’re doing as a council, to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime in the town centre.

“Our residents feeling safe when they’re out and about is a top priority for us, and this increased police presence and partnership work with our enforcement teams will help significantly.”

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